Costa Rica's tourism retains its shine
Tourist arrivals in Costa Rica grew by 12.5 percent over last year during the first half of the year.
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
The Tourism Chamber said in a prepared statement that in the first six months of 2008 just over 1 million tourists arrived by air, an increase of almost 90,000 over the first half of 2007.
Despite growth in visitation and spending figures, reported stays in 2010 fell by 14% compared to the figures from the period before the crisis.
From January to June 2010 a total of 4.556.526 tourists visited Central America, 651.682 more than the same period of 2009.
In the first quarter of this year, 310,271 people arrived, compared to 278,111 registered during the same period in 2008.
The National Chamber of Tourism in Costa Rica expects that the sector will grow between 8 and 9% this year, an increase which as been labeled as "satisfactory" in an environment of financial crisis at the world level.
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